You may be in an abusive relationship if your current boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse or partner has done any of the following:
- Withheld approval, appreciation or affection as punishment.
- Continually criticized you, called you names or shouted at you.
- Ignored your feelings regularly.
- Ridiculed or insulted your most valued beliefs, your religion, race, class or sexual preference.
- Been very jealous--harassed you about imagined affairs.
- Manipulated you with lies.
- Insisted you dress the way he/she wants.
- Humiliated you in private or public.
- Insulted or driven away your friends or family.
- Taken car keys or money away.
- Subjected you to reckless driving.
- Thrown objects at you.
- Abused pets to hurt you.
- Punched, shoved, slapped, bit, kicked, choked or hit you.
- Raped you or subjected you to other violent or degrading non-consensual sexual acts.
- Threatened to commit suicide if you leave.
Adapted from the Riley Center General Brochure. Printed with permission.